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Football > ’The Topper team of 1972 was among best ever at LAHS and it was the first to ever beat Farmington

By Mike Cote

Among the many festivities going on during Homecoming Week 2013 was a mini-class reunion for the Class of 1973.

The senior year of 1972-1973 was a memorable one for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team, which enjoyed one of the best years in program history. To share some memories of that year, several members of that team got together prior to the Hilltoppers’ homecoming game at the Dixie Girl restaurant.

It was a good turnout at the get-together, which included players and even head coach Glen Howl and several of the team’s assistants.

In 1972, the Hilltoppers went undefeated in the regular season, won the District 1-4A championship and advanced to the state semifinals before getting nipped by Mayfield in Las Cruces on one of the final plays of regulation.

They finished with a record of 10-1 and a rare district title, playing in one of the most competitive big school districts in the state.

While that season was one filled with highlights, the team’s success wasn’t an accident.

“It was the attitude the coach built in,” said Hector ‘Tito’ Hinojosa, the star fullback on the 1972 team who still lives in Los Alamos. “He would tell us, ‘teams might be bigger than you, they might be faster than you, but nobody will try harder than you.’”


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